With a new landscape comes adaptation, success is survival.
We are back in the bind of instrumentality : that something is worth paying for only it provides a measurable result. To be someone that makes a living from art is the goal for most creative people, banknotes are funny artworks.
Money. It is what fuels funny art, punctuated by laughter that gives one to understand that what it is saying is not to be taken too seriously.
Almost every conversation about the arts reverts to, or starts with talk of money.
Most artworks will disappear in art history with out any trace, abstract too much is not worth umpty-squat.
Does that mean my drawing is a crime? Money overcame the limitations of visual perception.
Is making art objects regressive? Fine art marketing : selling critical images of radicalism to conservative art buyers is the daily business of contemporary art. The Veblen effect is named after the non-artist Thorstein Veblen, who first pointed out the concepts of being overrated but succesful.
Samuel Butler, More money than artistic insight. At least a piece of art is a tangible status-seeking consumption. Art business is tainted by the low and banausic nature of what it involves. Theoretically this is the art market rationalizing itself, but in the interim how do pictures survive? Money is somewhat abstract
Hotelling's law is an observation that in art markets it is rational for artists to make their images as similar as possible.
Because we live in a consumer society where marketing is a daily pressure, it is possible to be ironic about the cult of original painting.
"Nearly all emanate from one stratum of the art world: the one where the money is", Source
Pictures dream not about making waves but making money; banknotes are funny pictures used to proove that we live in a major consumer culture. Good artworks compel people to own them.